Alvin Gregorio , solo exhibition
October 17 – November 21, 2013
Opening reception Thursday, October 17, 6-9 p.m. Curated by Cortney Stell
Gallery Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday
The exhibition: The exhibition, Portable Love, is an attempt to map a lineage of the artist’s connection to loving relationships, from marriage to polyamory. Gregorio starts this investigation by looking at his own parents' marriage, asking them to define love. He continues the exploration through a series of interviews conducted with friends and family, as well as himself, and the results are presented as video and drawing artworks. Gregorio sees relationships as a conglomeration of inherited traits, habits, and world-views, a complex perspective studied in this body of work. The artist questions, “As we grow into adulthood, we can acknowledge that we are heirs to patterns and behaviors. Do we choose to redefine these approaches? Or do we complacently surrender to the modus operandi of our ancestry?”
The artist: Alvin Gregorio’s work considers various relational themes including fragility of family, immigration, globalism, violence, war, spirituality, post-nomadism and the defense mechanisms used to contain and navigate these issues. Gregorio received his MFA from Claremont Graduate University (Los Angeles) in 2000 and soon after was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to the Philippines. His work has been collected worldwide and has been exhibited in such cities as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Turin, New Delhi, Jerusalem, Manila, Jakarta, and Mexico City. He is represented by the Drawing Room Gallery in Manila and Singapore. Gregorio is based in Boulder and Denver, CO.
At top: Detail of image from the exhibition